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Clinical Trials

LEEP Losartan Effects on Emphysema Progression LEEP is a randomized clinical trial evaluating the effect of Losartan in helping people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) with emphysema – a disease of the lungs. We are looking for adults 40 years of age or older, current or former smokers, with COPD to join our study. The study is conducted in different states across the country.


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COPD Foundation: The COPD Action Center

Tell Congress: Support the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act Published Email July 11, 2019 from American Lung Assoc

Managed Health Care Associates Works to Add Patient Voices to Advocacy Published March 20, 2019

Tell EPA: Protect Limits on Mercury and Air Toxics Still Active June 3, 2019

2014–2015 National & State Estimates of COPD Morbidity & Mortality Date of Acceptance: October 2, 2018

2011 COPD Statistics: Fact Sheets from the CDC By State

2002 COPD National Statistics: Data Fact Sheet from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

COPD in the News & Advocacy Projects

2019 COPD Foundation: News and Events

Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Evaluating and Caring for Patients with Suspected E–cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use Associated Lung Injury CDC Update Published October 11, 2019

FDA: Stop Using Vaping Products Containing THC Published October 9, 2019

Single Inhaler Triple Therapy Can Improve Lung Function in Uncontrolled Asthma Published October 9, 2019

Smoking Cessation Program in Cancer Setting Associated With High Abstinence Rates Published October 9, 2019

FDA Rejects NDA for Triple Combination COPD Therapy Published October 4, 2019

Dorney–Koppel Foundation Spotlights COPD at Stanford Medicine X | CHANGE Conference Published October 4, 2019

Nintedanib Associated With Lower Rate of FVC Decline in Interstitial Lung Disease Published October 4, 2019

Individualized COPD Prediction Model Validated for General Populations Published October 3, 2019

Chronic Rhinosinusitis Associated With Multiple Comorbid Conditions Published October 3, 2019

Three–Drug Combo Promising in Hospital–Acquired, Ventilator–Associated Bacterial Pneumonia Study Published October 3, 2019

Real–World Study Shows Mepolizumab Reduces Exacerbations in Severe Eosinophilic Asthma Published October 2, 2019

Gala’s RheOx System to Treat Chronic Bronchitis Receives CE Mark for Health and Safety in EU Published October 1, 2019

Sarcoidosis on Associated With Higher Mortality vs COPD, IPF on Transplant List Published October 1, 2019

Early Palliative Care May Improve Survival in Advanced Lung Cancer Published October 1, 2019

Inhaler Misuse in Asthma and COPD: Undoing 40 Years of Incorrect Technique Published September 30, 2019

Wrist–Worn Step Trackers Accurate in Predicting Patient Health Outcomes Published September 29, 2019

Study Examines Cardiovascular Disease Impact in Patients With COPD Published September 28, 2019

Growth Differentiation Factor–15 Linked to Transplant–Free Survival in PH Published September 27, 2019

Priority Health Joins Insurers That Will Cover the Zephyr Valve for Emphysema Published September 27, 2019

Budesonide–Formoterol Reliever vs Maintenance Therapy for Severe Asthma Exacerbations Published September 27, 2019

FDA Panel Votes on OTC Nicotine Mouth Spray for Smoking Cessation Published September 26, 2019

Smaller Ventricular Size May Be Associated With More Severe Asthma Published September 26, 2019

Plasma Biomarkers of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis May Predict Survival Published September 26, 2019

Speaker of the House Unveils Plan to Lower Drug Costs Published September 25, 2019

Treatment to Prevent Active Tuberculosis Could Be Beneficial to Millions Published September 25, 2019

COPD: the World’s Biggest Neglected Disease? Published September 25, 2019

Vaping: The Threat to Public Health and the ATS Response Last Reviewed September 2019

Vaping Triggers Cellular Responses Similar to Cigarette Smoking, Potentially Increasing Risk of Emphysema Published September 24, 2019

Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty Effective for Chronic Thromboembolic PH Published September 23, 2019

Statement on FDA Efforts to Encourage Patient Engagement in Medical Device Clinical Investigations Published September 23, 2019

Regular Exercise Improves Asthma Control but not Peak Expiratory Flow Published September 20, 2019

Performing Accurate Body Plethysmography Important for Emphysema in BLVR Referral Published September 20, 2019

Pulmonary Hypertension Linked to Mortality After Atrial Septal Defect Repair Published September 20, 2019

Blood Eosinophil Levels in COPD: Too Variable for Biomarker Use? Published September 19, 2019

FDA Warns of Possible Interstitial Lung Disease, Pneumonitis With Certain Breast Cancer Drugs Published September 19, 2019

Home–Based Pulmonary Rehab Improves Exercise Tolerance, QoL in Severe Asthma Published September 17, 2019

FDA to Review Drug–Device Combo for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Treatment Published September 17, 2019

COPD Assessment Test Valid Method to Measure QoL in Bronchiectasis Published September 16, 2019

Probiotics May Reduce Costs for Flu–Like Respiratory Tract Infections Published September 13, 2019

Sotatercept Receives Orphan Drug Status for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Published September 13, 2019

Diagnostic Yield of Thin vs Ultrathin Bronchoscope for Peripheral Pulmonary Lesions Published September 13, 2019

ATS: Military Deployment to Southwest Asia May Lead to Respiratory AEs Published September 13, 2019

Expansion of the Learn More Breathe Better Program and Breathe Better Network Published September 12, 2019

FDA Approves Treatment for Systemic Sclerosis–Associated Interstitial Lung Disease Published September 12, 2019

Nuvaira Hopes to Go with the Flow in COPD See Clinical Trials Published September 11, 2019

Expanding the Potential of Spirometry to Identify Early Impairment in COPD Published September 10, 2019

Underused Drug Combination May Increase Survival in Lung Transplant Published September 10, 2019

Addition of Surgical Resection in Stage IV NSCLC May Improve Survival Published September 10, 2019

Air Pollution Associated with Worsening Emphysema Published September 10, 2019

Orvepitant: A Novel Antitussive Therapy for Chronic Refractory Cough? Published September 09, 2019

Nearly Half of Patients With COPD Made Errors in Inhaler Use, Study Finds Published September 08, 2019

Prostaglandin D2 Distinguishes Asthma and COPD from Asthma–COPD Overlap Syndrome Published September 06, 2019

Fixed–Dose, Triple–Combination Therapy Effective in COPD Trial Published September 06, 2019

Kali–Extracts Launches Website for Cannabis–based COPD Treatment Candidate RespRX Published September 03, 2019

Statins Reduce C–Reactive Protein and IL–6 in COPD But Not Mortality Published September 02, 2019

Breztri Aerosphere Reduced COPD Exacerbations Better Than Approved Therapies, Phase 3 Trial Shows Published August 30, 2019

New Definition for Pulmonary Hypertension in Left Heart Disease: Haunted by How We Measure the Wedge? Published August 30, 2019

Lung Cancer CT Scan Can Identify Smoking–Related Diseases Published August 30, 2019

Advisory from CDC re: Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Using E–Cigarette Products Published August 30, 2019

COPD Outcomes Using Single Inhaler Triple Therapy vs Dual Therapy Published August 29, 2019

Comparing Open Lung Ventilation With Conventional Ventilation in ARDS Published August 29, 2019

Effectiveness of a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program in Severe Asthma Published August 27, 2019

COPD Patients With Acute Exacerbations Should Receive Noninvasive Ventilation Regardless of Certain Characteristics, Study Suggests Published August 27, 2019

Adherium and Summatix Join Forces to Improve Hailie Sensor Digital Platform Published August 26, 2019

All of Us Research Program to Expand Public Engagement Efforts with New Partner Awards Published August 23, 2019

Physiologic Insights from the COPD Genetic Epidemiology Study Review, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2019, Journal COPD Foundation

Inhalation Technique Errors with Metered–Dose Inhalers Among Patients with Obstructive Lung Diseases: A Systematic Review and Meta–Analysis of US Studies Review, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2019, Journal COPD Foundation

Ambient Air Pollution Significantly Associated With Increases in Emphysema Published August 22, 2019

Findings of 3 Studies of Nerve Ablation Therapy in COPD Patients to Appear in Science Journals, Nuvaira Says Published August 20, 2019

Measuring and Monitoring Skeletal Muscle Function in COPD: Current Perspectives Published August 19, 2019

Inspiratory Muscle Training May Be an Option for Patients Who Decline Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD Published August 18, 2019

Air Pollution May Increase Emphysema Risk Among Non–Smokers, Study Says Published August 16, 2019

Spiration Valve System Helps People with Severe Emphysema Breathe More Easily, Study Finds Published August 13, 2019

Ensifentrine Dry Powder Inhaler Safe, Effective for COPD in Phase 2 Trial Published August 9, 2019

Exhaled Volatile Organic Compounds Sensitive to Underlying Inflammation Published August 8, 2019

Just breathe: Boehringer Ingelheim’s Latest COPD Campaign Centers on ‘Inhaleability’ Published August 7, 2019

‘Colorful’ Therapist Uses Exercise to Improve Patients’ Lives at NYC Pulmonary Rehab Clinic Noah Greenspan! Published August 6, 2019

Good Fitness Cuts Risk of COPD, Long–Term Study Suggests It started in the 70s! Published August 2, 2019

Walgreens ‘Find Care’ Program Expands Care Management to People with COPD, Asthma, and Diabetes Published July 30, 2019

National Jewish Health Ranked Nation’s #1 Respiratory Hospital For 18th Year by US News & World Report Published July 29, 2019

Early Trial Findings Hint at SNG001 Aiding COPD Patients with Viral Infections Published July 26, 2019

COPD–Related Cognitive Impairment Unlike Other Forms of Dementia Published July 26, 2019

New Research on COPD Aims to Selectively ‘Disarm’ Specific Pathogens Published July 25, 2019

Erdosteine Deemed Superior to Other Mucolytic Agents for COPD Treatment Published July 23, 2019

Australian Researcher Awarded $100K to Study Non–invasive Ventilation for Sleep–disordered COPD Patients Published July 19, 2019

Could Vascular Dysfunction Be a Primary vs Secondary Feature of COPD? Published July 19, 2019

Simple Blood Test for C–Reactive Protein May Guide Antibiotic Use in COPD Flares Published July 16, 2019

Increasing USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility in African American Smokers Published July 15, 2019

Macrolide Antibiotics May Reduce Acute Exacerbations in COPD Patients, Review Study Suggests Published July 12, 2019

Finger–Prick Blood Test Could Safely Reduce Antibiotic Use in Patients with COPD Published July 11, 2019

Study Validates Optimal Lung Function Threshold for Identifying People at Risk for COPD Published July 9, 2019

Personalized Medicine for Patients with COPD: Where Are We? Published July 9, 2019

Increased Risk of Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Diseases in Patients with COPD: A Nationwide Study in Taiwan Published July 4, 2019

COPD Patients at Greater Risk of Fractures and Osteoporosis Than Those with Other Diseases , UK Study Finds Published July 2, 2019

Triple Combo Therapy Breztri Aerosphere Approved in Japan for COPD Published June 28, 2019

Deal Plans to Make Yupelri Treatment Available in China and Adjacent Territories Published June 25, 2019

The Challenges of Pulmonary Rehab in Facilities May Be Overcome in the Home Published June 24, 2019

EFFORTS’ Jean Romme Attended ATS 2019 and Took Notes for Us Conference May 18–22, 2019

Boehringer Ingelheim, Alberta Government Create Partnership to Improve Patient Care Published June 18, 2019

Use of Inhaled Steroids May Reduce Lung Cancer Risk in COPD, Study Suggests Published June 14, 2019

Add–on Fasenra Does Not Ease COPD Exacerbations, Phase 3 Results Show Published June 11, 2019

First Patients Successfully Treated in the Nuvaira AIRFLOW–3 COPD Pivotal Trial Published June 10, 2019

Georgia Hospital Using Zephyr Valve System to Treat Breathing Problems Due to Emphysema Published June 7, 2019

Long–Term Ozone Exposure Associated With Increased Mortality Risk Published June 4, 2019

Analysis Shows Effectiveness of Verona’s Ensifentrine Treatment on COPD Symptoms: See addt’l link under New Meds, Trials, Investigational Equipment and Studies Published June 4, 2019

Can Vaping Cause Lung Problems? Published May 29, 2019

Verona Starts Phase 2b Trial to Test Nebulized Ensifentrine as Add–on Therapy Published May 28, 2019

E-–Cigarette Use, Flavorings May Increase Heart Disease Risk, Study Finds Published May 27, 2019

Azithromycin May Reduce Treatment Failure After COPD Exacerbations Published May 24, 2019

Telehealth Rehabilitation Lowers Hospital Readmissions After COPD Exacerbation, Study Finds Published May 17, 2019

Common Lung Diseases Associated With Cardiovascular Risk Published May 3, 2019

With Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes and COPD Increasing Worldwide, Researchers Look for Links Published April 30, 2019

COPD Exacerbation from Biomass Smoke Likened to Risk Posed By Tobacco Smoke, Study Cautions Published April 26, 2019

Eisenhower Health 1st in Southern California to Offer Landmark Treatment for COPD/Emphysema: The 2ndnd First in CA Published April 24, 2019

Carrot Rewards Wellness App Launches COPD Campaign – Go Canada! Published April 23, 2019

COPD Patient Quality of Life Improved by Integrated Disease Management Published April 19, 2019

Thunder Fever: How Thunderstorms Can Trigger Asthma Outbreaks Published April 18, 2019

FDA Gives Marketing Clearance to Loop Wearable Wristband that Remotely Monitors COPD Patients Published April 16, 2019

Overnight In–House Intensivists Don’t Clearly Improve Care: Review Published April 14, 2019

Titrating PEEP Using Esophageal Pressures Did Not Improve ARDS Outcomes (EPVent–2) Published April 14, 2019

CSA Medical’s RejuvenAir System Gets FDA Breakthrough Device Designation: But What Does It Do? Published April 12, 2019

Circassia Adding Cardiovascular Safety Data on Tudorza Label for COPD Patients Published April 09, 2019

FDA Clears Spry Health’s Remote Monitoring Wearable for COPD Patients Published April 02, 2019

FDA OKs Duaklir Fixed–Dose Combination Inhaler for COPD Published April 01, 2019

Temple Hospital First in Nation to Implant New Valve into Lungs of Emphysema Patient: This is an umbrella–shaped valve Published March 28, 2019

New Tool Identifies Support Needs of COPD Patients, Helping to Make Care More Personal and Holistic Published March 22, 2019

How the Keto Diet can Help People Breathe Easier Published March 21, 2019

Incorporating Healthy Habits to Help Manage COPD: A Specialist’s View Published March 20, 2019

American Lung Association® Nutrition and COPD Last Updated March 13, 2019

Non–Invasive Imaging Technique Valid for Identifying Small Airway Disease in Lung Public Release March 14, 2019

Patients and Caregivers New Access to FDA “Request to Connect”

El Camino Hospital 1st in California to Offer New Treatment for Severe COPD/Emphysema Published March 12, 2019

Daily Aspirin Might Ease COPD Flare–Ups Last Updated March 4, 2019

US Senators Relay Personal Experiences as They Chastise Pharma Execs for High Drug Prices Posted February 26, 2019

2019 Important Alert for Medicare Patients Who Use Supplemental Oxygen–especially Liquid O2 Circulated January 16, 2019 via copdfoundation.org

Patient–Reported Consequences of Community–Acquired Pneumonia in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Date of Acceptance September 18, 2018

The Lung is Not the Only Organ Affected by Air Pollution Published February 21, 2019

Development for Asthma, Allergies and Other Respiratory Diseases Published February 21, 2019

Natural Ways to Cleanse Your Lungs Last Reviewed February 18, 2019

Atrial Fibrillation Prevalence Increasing in End–Stage COPD Published Feburary 18, 2019

Statins Linked to Better Outcomes and Improved Lung Function in COPD Patients Published Feburary 15, 2019

When Mucus Can be Key to Treating Colon and Airway Diseases Published February 1, 2019

Researchers Breathe New Life into COPD Research Using Mouse Models Published January 31, 2019

FDA Approves 1st of Wixela, a generic of ADVAIR DISKUS® Published January 31, 2019

Long–Term Use of Statins Reduces Mortality, Inflammation in COPD Published January 30, 2019

ß–Blocker Therapy and Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — A Danish Nationwide Study of 1.3 Million Individuals Published January 28, 2019

LUNG REGENERATION Mayo Clinic center For Regenerative Medicine

Flu Shot Crucial for Anyone With COPD Published January 07, 2019

Smoking Cessation Key Component of Cancer Moonshot Program Published January 02, 2019

Self–Care COPD Program Lowered Hospital Readmissions Published December 3, 2018

What Exercises Can Help Increase Lung Capacity? Last Reviewed November 23, 2018

Download the 2019 GOLD Reports for Personal Use Published November 14, 2018

Optimizing US Home Oxygen Therapy – Addressing Patient and Clinician Reports of Problems with Home Oxygen Accessibility Published in December 2018 Abstract

COPD and Anxiety: Researchers Test Promising Approach Published November 27, 2018

Which Patients With COPD Are Affected the Most by Extreme Weather? Published November 14, 2018

New Mucus Study Could Hold the Key to Clearing Your Phlegm Published November 13, 2018

Humidity Levels and COPD Last Reviewed November 12, 2018

To Better Treat COPD, Scientists Look to Tailored Approaches for Deadly Lung Disease Published November 9, 2018

What to Know about Steroids for COPD Last Reviewed October 25, 2018

Mucus, Cough and Chronic Lung Disease: New Discoveries Public Release October 24, 2018

Myths about COPD Circulated October 17, 2018 via copdfoundation.org

Does COPD Show Up on an X-ray? Last Reviewed October 17, 2018

Does High Altitude Affect COPD? Last Reviewed October 9, 2018